What are the most popular Vietnamese traditional dance in different regions of Vietnam? Folk dances honor and promote Vietnamese women, through their beauty and grace. The daily work of women like sewing, weaving, or farming … is described in a charming and feminine way. Let’s learn about top long-standing folk dances across the typical regions of Vietnam so that when you have the occasions to visit, you can confidently immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere here.
The Northern Part traditional dance
Bài Bông dance
This dance was born in the Tran Dynasty. It was used to dance during the peaceful and solemn holidays of the King. Bài Bông dance is influenced by classical music, meaning longevity with movements.
The dance reunites the Vietnamese spirit, associated with the Buddhist culture, merging with the development of Truc Lam Zen.
Nowadays, this dance is often used in the ceremonies of the wards or at the communal house when singing worshiping, serving festivals and being heavily ritualistic. Bài bông dance does not use any musical instrument, just a mix of lyrics and dance.
Múa xòe Tây Bắc (spreading dance)
This dance is from Thái ethnic minority ethnic. Originating from life, the folk dances of the Northwestern Thai people live forever with time, which is an indispensable spiritual dish.
The crowded gatherings dance around the fire or the jar of wine with the participation of young and old men and women in gongs and drumming (which called “Xòe khắm khen). There are many different dances with props close to everyday life such as shawls or backpacks.
Through the night dance, they confidently step into a better new day. They love their life and surrounđe people more. Therefore, Thai dances have become a valuable cultural capital, a pride of the Northwestern Thai and the Vietnamese people.
Múa sạp (Bamboo dancing)
Unique folk dance of the Muong people on happy occasions, during the Spring Festival, today it has expanded to many other ethnic groups. The necessary props are big, straight and long bamboo trees along with small bamboo or neohouzeaua. The dancer is divided into a top of the stall and a group of dancers, each group can range from a couple of couples to many couples, the more, the more diverse the lively lineup.
Whenever the two groups knock on the stall and dance alternately in the gong, the rhythm of the drum is rhythmic and vibrant. The joy lasts for a long time without being bored, attracting people very excited and passionate.
The Middle Region Vietnamese Traditional Dance
The dances in the Middle region are mostly re-enacting fairy tales, with clear roles, so visitors should enjoy the festive atmosphere and the plot, because the participation takes time for practicing and role-playing. The dances often have a royal court.
Still, there is a very beautiful dance that is close to the present day is the conical hat dance (múa nón lá). Dancers often wear ao dai or áo tứ thân and use the main props which are the familiar conical hats of Hue girls to dance.
This dance is lissome, gentle and exudes the spirit of national unity, as well as the beautiful beauty of Hue women with ao dai and conical hats.
It’s quite easy to learn and perform this dance because all you need is concentration and teamwork skill, these just enough to help you immerse yourself in the beauty and human culture here.
The Southern Part Dance
Southern dances are quite simple, once again, the image of nón lá appears but this time is a combination with áo bà ba, taking the audience around the Cuu Long River Delta, a rich area, with intermittent rivers. To express these nuances, the dance creates images of joy and happiness.
The dance introduces Phung Hiep floating market, a place of thousands of small boats, bamboo bridges, connecting the banks of the creeks. It also brings to the audience the bustling market of Sa Dec, Soc Trang, Can Tho with colorful fruits and daily produce.
The dancers wear traditional Vietnamese ba ba women. This is a short, simple shirt, but the color is in harmony with the graceful body of the southern woman. The girls also wear nón lá. Paired with a Ba Ba shirt to represent the national spirit, the conical hat is made of gồi leaves (like a palm tree or coconut tree), very light and suitable for both rain and sun protection.
The lion-dragon dance is one of the most popular traditional dances throughout Vietnam. It is a street folk dance originating from China, often performed during festivals, especially the Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival, as these three animals symbolize Prosperity, longevity, and happiness. Depending on the wide or narrow space, depending on the meaning of the festival, the Lion-Dragon team performs appropriately.
On the occasion of the opening business services or lunar new year, throughout the streets of Vietnam is always filled with the sound of lion unions with a colorful costume to dance and bring luck.